iMac and external display or TV?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vp911, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. vp911 macrumors member

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    I'm looking to add either an external display to my 27" iMac or a LCD TV.

    My problem is I don't plan on watching any TV on the 2nd display - it's purely for work (web, e-mail, server management, etc.) - I have a lot of open windows/apps simultaneously.

    Should I buy a 27" Apple display to sit next to my iMac or put a LCD TV on the wall above/next to the iMac? Downsides to using a TV vs. a regular Apple display?

    If I use a LCD TV, I have a 40" 1080P LCD in my family room I can use - and I would replace that with a new LED TV.
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I have a 40" LCD and with Snow Leopard, at least, I either had to select overscan (which meant the desktop extended past the edges of my television) or if I did not, then I'd have a black border around the desktop. This was from a Late 2009 iMac 27" to a Sharp TV.

    I'm not sure if it's Lion or my new mid-2011 iMac, but I now have an "under scan correction" option so I can set the desktop exactly to the dimensions of my TV.

    That being said, the image quality is poorer than my iMac, so I currently use a Dell 21" widescreen LCD but am planning to buy the 27" Thunderbolt Display (though I will on occasion use it with my 2011 MBP 13", as well).
     
  3. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816

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